The Colorado State Patrol and statewide law enforcement agencies cited 1708 impaired drivers during the Colorado Department of Transportation's five-week Spring Events DUI enforcement period. The effort showcased CDOT's Whole System Whole Safety approach by leveraging partnerships with law enforcement across the state to conduct increased patrols and DUI checkpoints from April 5 to May 13. The campaign also encouraged people to make smart decisions and avoid impaired driving.
"Enforcement is a critical component to our Whole System Whole Safety program in Colorado," said Shoshana Lew, Executive Director of CDOT. "Roadways are designed to minimize crash severity but removing at-risk drivers before they crash is a top priority, which underscores the importance of DUI enforcement in the state."
One hundred-six agencies participated in the enforcement period, citing 1708 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs during the enforcement, a decrease from the 1932 citations given during last year's Spring Events enforcement. Colorado Springs Police Department (174), Denver Police Department (170) and Aurora Police Department (91) recorded the highest arrest totals. CSP troops made 210 arrests.
"Drugs and alcohol reduce the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination - all of which are essential to safely operating a vehicle," said Col. Matthew Packard, Chief of the CSP. "The CSP hopes that drivers will always choose designated drivers or alternative modes of transportation and watch out for friends and family who should not be driving. We want everyone to get home safely and not endanger themselves or those around them."
The next Heat Is On enforcement period begins May 24 and will continue through Memorial Day weekend to May 28. More than 100 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are likely to participate in the enforcement period. CDOT encourages drivers to plan for a sober ride home if they intend to participate in the holiday's festivities.